Kerry condemns Government ending Dubs programme

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09 February 2017

While fighting the Axis during the Second World War, the UK also provided safe haven to many refugees – a great number of them children, through the Kindertransport programme.

Lord Alf Dubs was one of the children saved, fleeing Czechoslovakia and the genocide being carried out across central and eastern Europe, and successfully convinced the Government to carry on that proud history. It was hoped that the ‘Dubs Amendment’ would see the UK resettle thousands of unaccompanied children who have fled ISIL and their affiliates – genocidal terrorists – in Syria and elsewhere.

It is shameful that the Government buried their decision to end the programme, which has so far admitted just 200 refugee children, in a written statement slipped out as the country’s eyes were fixed on Article 50 proceedings; Labour’s Yvette Cooper this morning asked an Urgent Question in the House of Commons to protect – rather than abandon – refugee children at risk of trafficking and destitution, and I will continue to press the Government on this issue.



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